A Missouri medical technician has been charged with sexual abuse and invasion of privacy after he alleged set up a fake CT scan for a woman who’d had an x-ray earlier in the day.
Ryan Williams, 39, was the x-ray technician who saw the victim when she reported to Mercy-Lincoln Hospital in Troy on October 3 at her doctor’s request, police said. After the x-ray, the woman went home, Troy Police said.
At 7:30 p.m., prosecutors say, Williams called her and asked her to return to the hospital for another exam because they saw something they wanted to check out on the first.
She returned to the hospital 30 minutes later, and Williams escorted her to the CT scan room and gave her a gown. He had her lay on a table and lifted the gown, touching her breast while placing stickers during the scan, investigators said.
After the exam, Williams showed her a scan and said the doctor was concerned she may have lymphoma. But two days later when she contacted her doctor, she was told there was no history of such a scan. She also learned Williams had accessed her medical records from the hospital’s system.
Troy Police Det Chris Voland said investigators found that Williams had been searching hospital records for non-elderly adult women who had potential health issues involving their private parts, according to KTVI.
“Basically, (he) used his authority from the hospital to gain information on the individuals,” said Voland.
Investigators are concerned there may be more victims of similar acts and are working with the hospital to identify potential victims.
The hospital issued a statement saying they launched an internal investigation when they were notified of the situation.
“The person is no longer employed with mercy. We contacted the patient, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and law enforcement. We continue to work with police on their investigation.”
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[Featured image: Ryan Williams/Troy Police Department]